After reading from the Gospel of John (14: 1-6) in which the Jesus says to his disciples ‘do not let your hearts be troubled; trust in God still; and trust in me’.
Fr Paul tells us this Gospel reading comes after the Last Supper and that it is a classic speech of a departing leader, who is preparing his followers to continue on after he has left.
Jesus, in this moment after the Last Supper and before he gets to the Garden of Gethsemane, instructs the disciples on continuing his work and how they will be in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
The Gospel begins with Jesus demanding faith – faith in him, the same faith they have in the Father. As usual, one of the disciples fails to get the point – this time, as in other times, it is Thomas. This allows Jesus to make the great statement: ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life’.
For our reflection today, Fr Paul invites us to ask ourselves, in response to Jesus’s demand at the beginning of this Gospel, ‘Do I have faith in him?’